KICK Start to Early Literacy

54 Realty's "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings"

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SUPPORTING EARLY LITERACY

The Kickball Tournament's purpose is to support early literacy and continue to provide Hernando preschool children free books to help them grow their own little library and prepare them for kindergarten. All proceeds from this the "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament will benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program, currently providing over 1,000 Hernando children with a free book every month from birth to age of five. The books are mailed directly to enrolled children regardless of their family’s economic status.

  • 2022's Tournament was hosted Saturday, March 26th at Anderson Snow Park
  • The Championship Game came down to Publix at Brooksville Square's "Brooksvegas Ballers" with CelebrityApril vs Natalie Coach Natalie Kahler from Brooksville Main Street vs. 54 Realty's "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" with Celebrity Coach April Johnson-Spence, Community Advocate
  • 54 Realty's "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" were crowned United Way's Champions and Winners of the 2022  Ultimate Traveling Trophy!
  • Support from this event will provide 11,358 books to preschool children this coming year, and it will sponsor 873 children from birth to age 5 on DPIL.
  • Please visit United Way of Hernando County's Facebook for pictures from this event*

Food Trucks:

Happy Camper The Kake Shop Minoltas peanuts 

                                    The Ice Cream Barr  Pizza Cali Street Tacos

 

Entertainment:

 PJ the DJ   Benes Career Academy   Foto Fun Booth    Inflatable Party Express Mini horses

          PJ the DJ                  Face Painting

Vendors:
Dawn Center Deaf and Hard of Hearing  Lighthouse for the Blind People Helping People  NAMI Hernando Logo    LifeSouth logoCricket Wireless - SunCom MobileYMCA of the SuncoastAKrizzyCole TY Creations Magical Holiday Moments

Trucks: Trucks-

  • Monster Trucks
  • FOP Truck
  • SWAT Truck
  • Sheriff's Office Vehicles
  • And so much more!

Individual and Business Sponsorships are available for anyone interested in investing in a child’s future. Your donation will enroll children onto the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program where free books will be mailed directly to their homes every month from birth to age 5.

Business Sponsorships:

Get your Business involved and make a difference in the lives of many young children in Hernando.

Individual Scholarships:

Questions? Please contact the United Way office 352-688-2026 or email Angie@UnitedWayHernando.org

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Kickball Player

2022 Team Lineup: 

  • "Daily Delinquency" - Timber Pines
  • "Kickin' Balls Taking Listings" - 54 Realty
  • "Barrette Knights" - Barrette Outdoor Living
  • "Green Team" - Barrette Outdoor Living
  • "Kicking It Old School" - HC School Board
  • "Recreational Hazard" - HC Sheriff's Office
  • "Loan Survivors" - Amerifirst Home Mortgage
  • "Kickin' for Kids" - Kiwanis Club of the Adventure Coast
  • "Recess Rejects" - Publix Hernando West #220
  • "Mariner Monsters" - Publix Seven Hills #411
  • "#457 Ballbarians" - Publix Lakewood Plaza #457
  • "Janet's Bandits" - Publix Barclay #630
  • "Bing Bongs" - Publix Mariner Commons #813
  • "Booksvegas Ballers" - Publix Brooksville Sq. #1132
  • "Eleven Ninety Greight" - Publix Glen Lakes #1198
  • "The D.W. Kickers" - Publix Avalon #1282

Kickball Coach

2022 Celebrity Coaches:

  • Marvelous Marvin, Hits 106
  • April Johnson-Spence, Community Advocate
  • Doug Chorvat Jr., Hernando County Clerk of Court
  • Jeff Holcomb, Hernando County BOCC
  • Superintendent John Stratton, Hernando County Schools 
  • Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Hernando County Sheriff's Office
  • Blake Bell, Brooksville City Council
  • Shannon Rodriguez, Running for Hernando County School Board District 3
  • Dr. Amy Anderson, Pasco Hernando State College
  • Josh McGuire, Texas Roadhouse
  • Brian Hawkins, Hawkins Family Foundation
  • Deputy Chief Jim Billotte, Hernando County Fire Rescue
  • Joel Fritton, Community Advocate
  • Natalie Kahler, Brooksville Main Street
  • Erin Daly, Community Advocate
  • Dr. Lauren Dedea, Toast and Toller Concierge Medicine

Previous Kickball Champions & Their Impact
  • 2016: "Just Kickin' It" from Publix at Brooksville Square

  • 2017: "Just Kickin' It" from Publix at Brooksville Square

  • 2018: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • 2019: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • 2020: "Brooksville Bombers" from Publix at Brooksville Square & Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers

  • 2021: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. & Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers

  • 2022: "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" from 54 Realty & Celebrity Coach April Johnson-Spence

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January 24, 2022

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United Way’s Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament
7 Years of Kickball Supports Early Childhood Literacy in Hernando

Spring Hill, FL – January 24, 2022 –  United Way of Hernando County’s 7th Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament is bigger than ever! Save the Date: Saturday, March 26th at Anderson Snow Park. Presented by Centennial Bank, this year’s tournament will include a Food Truck Rally with several of Hernando’s most popular mobile restaurants and a Touch-a-Truck event featuring Monster Trucks, FOP truck, and first responder vehicles for children to enjoy. Field Sponsors include Holmes Drafting Services and Carter Foreman, PLLC. Base Run Baller Sponsor is PED-Stuart Corporation

Event Schedule:

  • 12pm: Food Truck Rally & Touch-A-Truck event begins
  • 1:30pm: Kickball Teams Check-In
  • 2:45pm: National Anthem
  • 3pm: Kickball Games Commence
  • 6pm: Mascot Fun Run

Each year, 16 Kickball Teams compete in this single elimination tournament for a chance to win the Ultimate Traveling Trophy and have the honor of being crowned “Champions of Early Literacy.” These teams are exclusively invited to participate and represent company partners of United Way in Hernando that align themselves with supporting local philanthropy.

In addition, each team is represented by a “Celebrity Coach” that leads their team all the way to victory. This year Celebrity Coaches will be challenged to bring in votes from the crowds for their support to avoid going for a dip in the Dunk Tank. And that’s not all! This family fun day will also include face painting from Bene’s Career Academy, music from PJ the DJ, a Bounce House and Carnival Games, Foto Fun Booth, craft vendors, and a special performance of the National Anthem by Hernando’s very own talented singer, Erika Iglesias.

Fans and supporters of the event can purchase a Yard Sign for $52 (sponsoring 2 children onto the program) featuring their name, logo, or even an image of their face to be featured at the event! These Yard Signs are limited and will be placed all over Anderson Snow as a scavenger hunt. Find your sign and take a picture and tag United Way of Hernando County and #ISupportEarlyLiteracy. Corporate sponsorships and vendor opportunities are still available. To learn more about how your company can get involved and download the forms, visit  www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball. For questions, contact Dominique Holmes at Impact@UnitedWayHernando.org or call 352-688-2026.

Volunteers are needed to help with score keeping, managing the kid zone, event set-up and take down, and much more. All volunteers receive a free LIVE UNITED T-shirt and you can sign up on Lend a Hand Hernando by visiting www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Volunteer.

The Kickball Tournament's purpose is to support early literacy and continue to provide Hernando preschool children free books to help them grow their own little library and prepare them for kindergarten. All proceeds from this the "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament will benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, currently providing over 1,000 Hernando children with a free book every month from birth to age of five. The books are mailed directly to enrolled children regardless of their family’s economic status.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2021

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WRECking Crew Crowned 2021 Kickball Champs
United Way Raises Over $12,000 for Childhood Literacy at Kickball Tournament

Spring Hill, FL – (March 30, 2021) – United Way of Hernando County hosted their 6th Annual "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament at Anderson Snow Park on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Since 2016, local companies have battled it out in a friendly competition for the Ultimate Traveling Kickball Trophy. This year, COVID-19 safety precautions were implemented for the protection of the players, volunteers, vendors, and spectators. This included temperature checks at check-in, sanitation stations around the park, and proving masks for each dugout and vendor table.

Proceeds from this popular fundraising tournament benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL), which supports childhood literacy by sending enrolled Hernando children a free book in the mail every month, from birth to age 5. The community came together to raise over $12,000 for DPIL, which will allow United Way to provide 6,000 books to enrolled children to help build their personal library.

After a long morning of Hernando businesses vying for the Championship Trophy, the final matchup came down between Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative’s Team WRECking Crew and their Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers, Hernando County Administrator and The Plumadore Group’s Team Kicking Balls & Taking Listings with their Celebrity Coach Doug Chorvat Jr., Clerk of Court & Comptroller. It was a close game, but in the end The WRECking Crew were crowned the victors and the 2021 Kickball Champions.

Thank you to the following businesses and their accompanying Celebrity Coaches (CC) who competed in this year’s event:

  • Team "O'Berry's All Stars" from Publix at Seven Hills --> CC Allissa O'Berry, Publix #411
  • Team "The Heat" from the HC Sheriff’s Office --> CC Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Hernando County Sheriff's Office
  • Team "Average Joe's" from Publix at Mariner Commons --> CC Beth Narverud, Hernando County Commissioner
  • Team "Dupuis Demolishers" from Publix Hernando West --> CC Billy & Kristie Healis, Walmart Dist. & HC County Judge
  • Team "If You Ain't Amerifirst, You're Last" from Amerifirst Home Mortgage --> CC Blake Bell, Brooksville City Council
  • Team "Champa Bay" from Timber Pines Community Association --> CC Chance Phillips, Beer Frog/Evom
  • Team "Schwiftey Business" from Publix at Brooksville Square --> CC Chris Linsbeck, Hernando County Parks & Recreation
  • Team "Eleven Ninety Great" from Publix at Glen Lakes --> CC Doug Chorvat, Clerk of Court
  • Team "Oops! We Kicked It Again" from Publix Lakewood Plaza --> CC Dr. Eddie Williams, PHSC
  • Team "The Done Dealers" from Publix Avalon --> CC Dr. Joanie Davis, Davis Family Hearing
  • Team "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" from The Plumadore Group --> CC Jeff Holcomb, Hernando County Commissioner
  • Team "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochie River Electric Coop. --> CC Jeff Rogers, County Administrator
  • Team "World's Okayest Kickballers" from HC Schools --> CC Superintendent John Stratton, Hernando County School District
  • Team "Barrette Knights" from Barrette Outdoor Living --> CC Josh McGuire, Texas Roadhouse
  • Team "NO BASE LIKE HOME" from Century 21 Alliance Realty --> CC Marilyn Pearson Adams, Century 21 Alliance Realty
  • Team "Pitches Be Crazy" from Publix at Barclay --> CC Marvelous Marvin, HITS 106

Returning for the popular Mascot Fun Run were Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse, Pikachu, Carey the Cow, and Tommy the T-Rex. They were joined by newcomers Teachable T-Rex from Mid Florida Community Services Head-Early Head Start, Pasco Hernando State College’s Boomer the Bobcat, Olaf from Terlep Chiropractic, and the Shark from Nature Coast Technical High School. It was a close race, but in the end Tommy the T-Rex was crowned victorious.

Congratulations to all of the raffle winners!

  • Alex Killorn hat: John M.
  • TreeUmph!: Kelly G.
  • ZooTampa: Yamil F.
  • Wonderworks: Celeb Coach Jeff R.
  • Autographed Mike Evans football: Brandon S.
  • Mascot Fun Run: Cindy

A special thank you to all of our sponsors who proudly supported this fundraising event:

Thank you to United Way’s Proud Partners at the Boys & Girls Club, Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Mid-Florida Community Service’s Early Start and Head Start, NAMI Hernando, and People Helping People for providing local resources for families in attendance. LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s Blood Mobile encouraged spectators to donate blood and save a life, and Terlep Chiropractic offered a coupon for discounted services with proceeds donated back to DPIL.

With a high of 92 degrees on Saturday, United Way was fortunate to have BrainFreeze Italian Ice on site cooling off attendees with their delicious desserts, and Texas Roadhouse grilled hotdogs and hamburgers for the players, volunteers, and attendees. Mid Florida Community Services and Target sponsored a grab-and-go breakfast for players and volunteers.

PJ the DJ from The Arc Nature Coast provided upbeat music all day for the attendees, and everyone loved snapping a keepsake picture with the life-size cutout of Dolly Parton at the Foto Fun Booth. United Way would also like to thank National Anthem singer and Challenger K8 teacher Jonathan Kryk, Hernando County Parks and Recreation, and United Way of Hernando County volunteers, Board Members, and Kickball Planning Committee Members for generously donating their time, talents, and efforts to help make this event such a success.

group picture of kickball winners

2021 Kickball Champs: WRECking Crew from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative

Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers and Team David Gonzalez, Al Lemire, Zach Sorrentino, Jason Giddings,
Denine Sorrentino, Justin Owens, Rusty Lightbody, Justin Rubeo, Davd Moen, Taylor Scumaci,
Brittney Walker, Josh Velez, and Noah Torkelson.

For more information on available opportunities for community involvement, visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball

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United Way of Hernando County, Inc.:
United Way of Hernando County (UWHC) was established as a 501c3 organization in 1987, and since then has continuously focused on creating partnerships and mobilizing our community to seek sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing local needs.  UWHC strategically allocates Community Investment Funds in Health, Education, & Financial Stability programs with proven results and local impact. For more information on how YOU can LIVE UNITED, visit www.unitedwayhernando.org.

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March 11, 2021

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 Help “KICK” Start Kids’ Love of Reading
United Way’s 6th Annual Kickball Tournament

Spring Hill, FL – (March 11, 2021) – If you enjoy watching friendly competition between Hernando County businesses while supporting early literacy for preschool children, then you don’t want to miss United Way of Hernando County’s 6th Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament. On Saturday, March 27th at Anderson Snow Park, 16 teams from local companies will compete for the opportunity to win the Ultimate Trophy and the title of Kickball Champions.

This fun-filled outdoor event is free to the public. National Anthem begins at 8:45 am and the first wave of teams kick off at 9:00 am sharp. Texas Roadhouse will be barbequing hot dogs and hamburgers, and food trucks The Peanut Shack and BrainFreeze Italian Ice will be selling their delicious snacks and ices.

PJ the DJ will be playing tunes all day, and attendees can stop by the Foto Fun Booth to take a fun picture with a life-size cutout of Dolly Parton herself. Don’t miss mascot fun run with special appearances by: Olaf the Snowman, Head Start’s Teachable T-Rex, Pikachu, Texas Roadhouse’s Andy the Armadillo, Nature Coast High School Shark, Central High School’s Bear, and PHSC’s Boomer the Bobcat.

All proceeds from this annual event benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program, which provides enrolled Hernando County children with a free, age appropriate book in the mail every month, from birth to age five. Currently, 1,000 children are registered to receive a book every month regardless of their family’s economic status.

Thank You to our Event Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor:
Holmes Drafting ServicesGrand Slam Champion

Field 1 Sponsor: Integrity Pest ControlHome Run Hero

Fields 2 & 3 Sponsor: PED-Stuart CorporationHome Run Hero

Field 4 Sponsor: Terlep ChiropracticHome Run Hero

Base Run Baller Sponsors: Carter Foreman PLLC, Cricket Wireless (Sun Com), Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Rotary Club of Brooksville, Mid-Florida Community Services Head Start/Early Head Start, and Timber Pines Community Association/Scott Dienes Construction LLC.

team matchup

Due to COVID-19, United Way has implemented safety precautions such as: masks for all volunteers and participants in small enclosed spaces such as the dugout or score box, temperature checks for all participants and volunteers, and hand sanitizing stations set up throughout the 4 fields for attendees to use accordingly.

Vendors and Early Literacy Supporters include: Boys and Girls Club, Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, LifeSouth’s Blood Mobile, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Head Start/Early Head Start, NAMI Hernando, People Helping People in Hernando County, Pepsi, Sam’s Club, Terlep Chiropractic, and Wawa.

For more information, visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball or like our event on Facebook.

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United Way of Hernando County, Inc.:
United Way of Hernando County (UWHC) was established as a 501c3 organization in 1987, and since then has continuously focused on creating partnerships and mobilizing our community to seek sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing local needs.  UWHC strategically allocates Community Investment Funds in Health, Education, & Financial Stability programs with proven results and local impact. For more information on how YOU can LIVE UNITED, visit www.unitedwayhernando.org.